GA 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Let’s Start The Conversation - Archived

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Let’s Start The Conversation

General Assembly continues to be a time for us to gather, in body and spirit, to honor our history, celebrate who we are, and forge our future together. The General Assembly and Conference Services Team leads the initiative to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are woven throughout, from planning to fruition.
Over the next several months leading to General Assembly 2023, we will highlight aspects of DEIB through a series of videos. Our hope is that you will embrace the theme and activities and continue discussions, both in and outside of the UU community. American developer John Seely Brown said, “conversation is a catalyst for innovation.” Be an innovator and champion for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility at General Assembly 2023 and beyond.

Article II Study Commission Feedback Sessions

The Article II Study Commission is excited to share a full draft of Article II (PDF, 3 Pages) for feedback. The Study Commission’s outreach team will be hosting Zoom feedback sessions in the first half of November, along with gathering feedback through a forthcoming online form for individual comments.
The Study Commission will present its final draft to the Board in January for inclusion on the agenda for GA 2023. It will then be the subject of mini-Assemblies before the initial vote at General Assembly. If it passes that delegate vote by a simple majority (more than half), it will require a two-thirds majority vote at GA 2024 to become the new Article II of the Bylaws.
This draft makes significant changes to Article II. We invite you to read it using one of the practices we have started following in our work:
  • Read it the first time to observe how it makes you feel.
  • Read a second time, observe what it makes you think.
  • Finally read it a third time before thinking about any suggestions.
It will be ideal if you can hold suggestions until the online form is available so that they can be more easily gathered and read. But do feel free to direct questions to
Zoom Feedback Session Registration

Share Your GA Story

General Assembly is an unforgettable experience for the thousands of Unitarian Universalists and partners who attend each June. Do you or someone you know have a story to share about how General Assembly has meaningfully affected your life, your spiritual journey, your social justice activism, or your connection to Unitarian Universalism? We are seeking testimonials to share with the UU community on the power of participating in GA.

Flash Poll Results

Are you on board with a 100% virtual GA in 2024?
■ Yes 42%
■ No 33%
■ Not Sure 25%

How might you participate in a 100% virtual GA in 2024?

■ Watching individually on my own 61%
■ At a watch party with my congregation 20%
■ Gathered with fellow UUs from my region 7%
■ Gathered as part of an identity-based caucus 7%
■ Some other way not listed above 5%

Call for GA 2023 Program Proposals

ga attendees watch a virtual presenter from a large screen in a ballroom
Everyone is welcome to submit a proposal for either virtual or in-person programming for the 2023 Multi-platform General Assembly. Presenters from historically and currently marginalized communities, including people of color and youth, are encouraged to apply. Proposed programs should provide meaningful opportunities for learning and skill development, as well as address one or more of the following focus areas:
  • Becoming Adaptive and Resilient: Programs that equip congregations and leaders for these changing times. What is needed for congregations to nurture adaptive and resilient practices and to lean into change and experimentation. What new practices or programs are gaining momentum, engaging leaders, and fostering community for all ages, including children, youth, and families.
  • Becoming Theologically Rooted: Create opportunities for people to engage and deepen their understanding of our liberating theology and how it can offer hope, resilience, and courage for these times.
  • Becoming Skilled in Faithful Praxis: Opportunities to skill up in our justice work, to move beyond paternalism to partnership and solidarity in our justice work and to partner across congregations and nationally for change.
  • Becoming Connected in Community: Opportunities to embody our community of communities through programs that bring people together around affinity and identity and theology for sustenance, relationships, care, and networking.
The program proposal deadline is Friday, January 13.

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